Gillette made waves with its recent anti-toxic masculinity ad, encouraging men to be "better" than they have been in previous generations.
Emma Meshell of Campus Reform headed to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she asked students for their thoughts on the viral Gillette ad, as well as their opinions on toxic masculinity.
As predicted, many of them supported the ad, but also appeared to have zero clue as to what "toxic masculinity" actually is or means.
Meshell asked various students, "Do you think that toxic masculinity is a problem we need to address in society?" and "How would you define toxic masculinity as a term in your own words?"
Here are some of the more interesting answers from Meshell's interview
- "I've absolutely heard of toxic masculinity, and I do think it's an issue."
- "It's a real problem, especially for high school girls. As they start to try and break into the workforce, and there's people just kind of like, breaking them down, saying that, like, it's not good enough because it's usually males."
- "People have become more sensitive to it nowadays."
- "There isn't a sort of logic to it."
- "I don't really know."
- "The idea that men have to be a certain way, dominant, or physically imposing."
- "Anything that, like, puts men over females."
- "Guys being expected to behave a certain way."
- "I guess, just, kind of the societal of ideas of what it means to be masculine, it's kind of become something so large that it's become very toxic."